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was an American
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soldier and statesman from Virginia
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. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Continental Army
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, serving as Quartermaster to General Nathanael Greene
Nathanael Greene was a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. When the war began, Greene was a militia private, the lowest rank possible; he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer. Many places in the United...
’s Southern campaign. He commanded artillery at the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill
The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill was a battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on April 25, 1781, near Camden, South Carolina...
and the siege of Yorktown
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Virginia sent Carrington as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1786 to 1788. George Washington appointed Carrington as the first U.S. Marshal for Virginia, a position he held from 1789 to 1791. He later served as foreman of the jury when Aaron Burr
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was tried for treason in 1807. He was also mayor of Richmond for two terms in 1807-1808 and 1809-1810.